Random StuffSeptember 27, 2007
Where to begin. So much has happened in Sabre-land lately, its kind of hard to know where to start. So, please bear with me if this is all jumbled.
Jim Lorentz announced his retirement on Monday, citing the inability to deal with the travel schedule anymore. The guy’s 60 years old and has been on the road since he was 17, so this is a completely valid and understandable reason. As a fan, I’m sad that he won’t be in the booth with RJ. They had such a fluid style together, and really made watching/listening to Sabres games a joy. Right now, the team is trying out Matt “The Rat” Barnaby, John Tucker and Roby as potential replacements.
I heard a bit of Barnaby on the radio this morning. He was a little shaky at first, but kind of grew into it. It might be nice to have a younger person in the booth, someone who just stopped playing recently, and also has some history with the coaching staff and upper management from his playing days. I have no opinion on John Tucker, since I don’t think I’ve heard him broadcast before, but Roby has filled in for a few games, so that has the potential to be interesting. But if they move Roby out of the studio, there goes the pre and post game entertainment of watching Kevin Sylvester have to prevent Roby and Rob Ray from killing each other.
Moving on, since the Sabres don’t televise the pre-season, I was relying on the Yahoo stats to keep me abreast of the Sabres/Leafs game last night. I was impressed by Roy’s hat trick (a regular, short-handed and power-play goal) and the effort put forth by the team. The power-play was even working. Of course, this means that by the time the season starts, the power-play will be back to its usual, ineffective self.
What was even more impressive about last night’s game is the fact that Toronto was playing with pretty much its regular lineup. The Sabres still had a good mix of Rochester kids in the lineup, as Goose, Timmy, Afinogenov and Kalinin were all out with injuries. I hope the four of them get healthy, as they’re all a key component of the Sabres lineup.
I was also impressed at how Yahoo had one player for each team serving the penalties, irregardless of who they were called on. Even more impressive is the fact that the gentleman serving the Sabres penalties wasn’t even in the lineup, as he had been returned to his German team yesterday. Congratulations, Yahoo. You managed to break the space/time continuum. Very well done.